What does it mean to Pray

What does it mean to Pray

In my book I am Catholic – there is a chapter that discusses prayer.I_am_Catholic_cover

But it doesn’t discuss it like – this is how we pray.

It narrates a person actually praying.

As I contemplated writing this post I was lost for words, until I started reading my mediation book

“In Conversations with God” by Francis Fernandez

 

Everyone knows that prayer is simply a conversation with God.

But why is it so hard for many to spend a few minutes a day praying.

I thought well that’s obvious.

The reason is simply, people just don’t know how to pray.

I thought how could it be that people don’t know how to pray.

Pray like ChildrenChildren-Pray

During the season of Advent, many of the meditations seems to point to spiritual childhood.

They were inviting us to learn from children.

To look at how children do everything and bring that attitude, that meekness to our prayer.

I consider myself blessed to be a mother.

Because I’m able to watch my child and learn from her.

I’m able to see how she learns,

I’m able to see how she trusts.

I’m able to see how she loves,

I’m able to see how she forgives.

I’m even able to see how she very clearly shows you what she wants and knows that you will give it to her.

Children trust their parents 150%.

I think this is why we have been told time and time again,

“Unless you become like one of these little children, you can not enter the kingdom of heaven”

During this first week in ordinary time we have had two considerations in my daily meditations.

One is Divine Filiation and the other Work as Prayer

 Divine Filiation – Being a Child of God

Do you often consider that you are a son or daughter of God? Do you go to your prayer knowing that you are a Child of God.

I know that sometimes we can forget that in our prayer we must approach God the same way our children approach us.

I have reflected however that in one day I tell my daughter “No” quite a few times.

So it occurred to me to think about what it was I was asking for in my prayer that kept receiving the answer “No”.

When I tell my daughter “No,” it’s because what she wants to do is dangerous, and may cause her harm.

She doesn’t resists, she just ask a second time and a third, until she realizes that this isn’t something that I should be asking for.

I wonder if we as adults are able to do the same when we pray.

Maybe we should think about that for a few minutes.

And then the second thing is

Work as Prayer

How many times have you completed a project or a task and felt GREAT!pray-and-work

You felt like you just conquered the world!

Well imagine how much greater you will feel if that work were offered to God.

I know that most of you will offer your entire day to God at the beginning of the day in your morning offering.

But to have an image of our Lady, or a Crucifix near our desk, so that you can remember with just a glance,

that this work, this project, these dishes, these clothes that I’m folding, these beds that I’m making are not empty tasks.

They are all the work of God.

There are days when I have said –

“I didn’t pray today”

On those days I know I did not offer my work to God.

 

When you pray it is not only sweet words, you pray with your thoughts, with your actions, with your love.

What does it mean to pray?

It means to do everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, for love of God.

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Hilary De Freitas

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About Hilary De Freitas

Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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